Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Bella Vista, AR
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I have recently began my downstairs home theater (entertaining) area. Running a projector, 110" screen for video and the following for audio.
Denon AVR 2113CI
Fronts - Pioneer SP-FS52
Center - SP-C22
Rears - SP-BS22-LR
Subwoofer - NXG Technology NX-BAS-500
Front L/R are 9' apart, with center in between 12' from viewing distance. Rears are 2' to the sides of seating area. Used Audissey on the Denon for setup. Speakers are all set as small, crossovers how Audissey set them (I believe Fronts are 60hz, all others 80hz, subwoofer 120hz). Overall happy with the subwoofer performance, and front L/R and rears.
My issue is the center channel sounds very flat to me. Voices has no life ... they are dull, lack in lows/bass and maybe even highs. In comparison to my living room setup, it's terrible. My 5.1 living room setup consists of a Denon 1912, 4 Cerwin Vega LS-5 Bookshelf Speakers (Front L/R and Rears), LS-5C Center and LW-10 subwoofer. Voices in this setup are full of life. Men's voices sound deep, have vibrato, etc ... High voices sound clean. I don't know how else to describe it ...
Room acoustics probably play a part in this. My living room is fairly small. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 13'x13'. All carpet. My downstairs is a all tile room, 30'x17', with about half that space used for the 'theater'. I have 2 8'x14' area rugs in that space, essentially covering 90% of the tile in the viewing/theater area. The other area is all open and behind the seating area, all tile.
Another theory I have is the responsiveness of the smaller subwoofer in the living room setup compared to the 12" NXG. The NXG has plenty of volume for explosions, etc ... deep bass, long. Does it lack the quickness in response it needs to produce fullness for voice?
Honestly, I have no idea. I am simply speculating. I guess I can try moving my subwoofer downstairs to see how I like it. Maybe try both subwoofers combined? Should I also move the center channel downstairs to compare?
Any thoughts and insights are appreciated. Let me know if you need any info I might have left out. I am not hugely experienced with all of this ...